Reflection Salon is almost as pretty as the manes Jessica Davis transforms. Large windows wrap around the front of the salon and pour natural light onto the polished wood floors, wrought-iron chairs, and chandeliers that decorate the interior. Inside, Jessica trims split ends, hydrates hair with conditioning treatments, and steeps strands in rich color using products by Pureology, Redken, and Moroccanoil.
It's a common prejudice that coconuts give terrible mani-pedis, having no hands or feet of their own. Today's Groupon will open your mind: for $28, you get a coconut mani-pedi at Azalea Boutique's Z Beauty Lounge near the Civic Center (a $58 value).
A team of four sunny stylists pampers heads at Shear Elegance Salon. Recently opened, the simple, cozy space is made elegant by wood floors, a huge black-and-white flower print, and big, round styling mirrors like portholes looking onto transformed styles for women, men, and kids. In addition to cuts and waxing, staff add color with Inoa dyes, formulated without ammonia to be odor-free and leave scalps feeling as good as the soft, shiny strands covering them look, while still preserving that clean-scalp smell clients love.
The technicians at Bella Vida Laser & Aesthetics specialize in laser hair removal, microdermabrasion treatments, and chemical peels, all of which they use to help smooth and revitalize clients' skin. Using an FDA-approved laser, a technician zaps unwanted hairs, eventually killing the follicles after a series of treatments, which leaves skin sleek and hairless. Alternatively, diamond-tipped wands clear away dead skin cells during microdermabrasion treatments, and chemical peels restore skin's fresh, youthful appearance.
Relik Salon and Spa's stylists skillfully enhance tresses with products from Davines and Brocato, earning places as the No. 7 Best Hair Salon and No. 4 Best Hair Color on KLS’s 2012 A Lists. Floors of smooth grey slate and walls hung with textural artwork give the space an edgy, modern feel. Besides hair services, staffers also remove unwanted hair with waxing and create fuller lashes with lash extensions and daily watering.
Beaches Tanning Center's arsenal of newly updated tanning beds and spray-tan booths unveils gateways to sun-kissed skin. Six kinds of Ergoline beds bronze complexions to natural-looking umber hues as ventilation keeps bodies cool and music keeps ears distracted from the sun's desperate pleas for attention. Clients can go UV-free in warm Mystic Tan chambers, where an oscillating nozzle evenly coats skin with a customized cocktail of bronzing color.
An elaborate chandelier illuminates patrons inside Studio Favoloso—located inside Image Studios—as stylist Adrian Diaz transforms manes with chic cuts, highlights, and updos. During haircuts, Adrian puts clients and terrified split-ends at ease with a scalp and shoulder massage and tends to gents with a hot-towel facial and eyebrow trim. She also dresses up faces with makeup applications for special events such as a wedding or the ceremonial eating of the last hot pocket in the freezer.